The president of Des Moines Area Community College has been arrested on charges of growing and selling marijuana. Johnston police sergeant Craig Porter says the arrest of David England followed a tip and investigation by a multi-agency task force. Information they got about three weeks ago helped the department’s Detective Townes substantiate enough info that police applied and got a search warrant. Police served that warrant Wednesday afternoon at the Johnston home where the 50-year-old England lived with his wife, a son and daughter. The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Unit took part in the investigation, a drug task force that includes Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Des Moines Police, and police forces from West Des Moines, Urbandale, Windsor heights and Johnston. The search warrant enabled them to recover what he says were four to five pounds of marijuana and about 75 plants, as well as paraphernalia and items used to grow pot. There are charges pending against other members of Dr England’s family but he says he’s not aware of any others. Dr England was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, conspiracy to deliver the drug, manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a tax-stamp violation. England came to DMACC in 2001 from a college in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
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